The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed Newfoundland’s third outbreak of infectious salmon anemia in two years.
This latest outbreak of ISA, which can kill fish but is not harmful to humans, has occurred on the South Coast at an unidentified facility
Tests are being conducted and aquaculture industry spokesman Cyr Couturier told NTV news that his association believes the infection came from wild salmon.
Recently, farmed salmon escapees have been found by anglers in Newfoundland to be mixing with wild fish
About 800,000 salmon were affected by outbreaks at Cooke Aquaculture and Gray Aquaculture in 2012 and were ordered destroyed.
Couturier told NTV that such a forced slaughter in this case would result in millions of dollars in losses.
The provincial government said strict biosecurity protocols remain in place at the site.
A major outbreak ISA in Shelburne Harbour in 2011 resulted in the destruction of more than 500,000 fish.